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Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.
August 1939: London is dismal under the weight of impending war with Germany as Hitler’s forces continue to sweep across Europe. Into this uncertain maelstrom steps Grace Bennett, young and ready for a fresh start in the bustling city streets she’s always dreamed of — and miles away from her troubled past in the countryside.
With aspirations of working at a department store, Grace never imagined she’d wind up employed at Primrose Hill, an offbeat bookshop nestled in the heart of the city — after all, she’s never been much of a reader. Overwhelmed with organizing the cluttered store, she doesn’t have time to read the books she sells. But when one is gifted to her, what starts as an obligation becomes a passion that draws her into the incredible world of literature.
As the Blitz rains down bombs on the city night after night, a devastating attack leaves the libraries and shops of London’s literary center in ruins. Miraculously, Grace’s bookshop survives the firestorm. Through blackouts and air raids, Grace continues running the shop, discovering a newfound comfort in the power of words and storytelling that unites her community in ways she never imagined — a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of war-torn London.
You are cordially invited to the most anticipated event of the Season — Lord and Lady Whitwell’s annual ball! This year’s theme is the most extravagant yet…A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filled with fairytale gardens and fantastical costumes, sparkling champagne, and heartwarming romance. Opportunities abound for secret trysts in the shadows of moonlit walks, mistaken identities, delicious unmaskings, and perhaps even a magical spell or two. But one thing is certain—fifteen pairs of hearts will never be the same again. Enjoy this collection of never-before-released novellas by your favorite historical romance authors!
Adolphus Merrick, Earl of Kendal, has a past he isn’t proud of, one that could have seen him hanged. Now the gaming hell owner of Mercy’s Door has an even greater secret, one he is so determined to protect that he’ll even do the unthinkable: get married. For a man who doesn’t trust easily, his alluring intended has a way of breaking through his guard and edging into his heart.
SHE IS A BIT OF A HOYDEN…
Lady Sophia Stopford lives her life to the fullest. At least, she did until her father insists that she wed one of his colleagues. She’ll do anything to get out of marrying, including escaping for a thrilling new venture. However, the very man who gave her the idea is now insisting that she return to London as his wife. And while she wants to resist, her attraction to the enigmatic Earl of Kendal has her curiosity piqued and her desire aflame.
TOGETHER THEY WILL CAUSE QUITE THE SCANDAL…
From ballrooms to gaming hells and into the wilds of Scotland, two people who don’t want marriage but can’t seem to resist one another will tumble headlong into an adventure that will change everything. When danger lurks and realities become bleak, can the spark of passion light their way? Or will love and hope be eternally lost to them both?
A LADY WHO WILL DEFEND HER FAMILY AND HER CASTLE...
Lady Marin Barrington, eldest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters, is a born protector. Not only has she taken on the role of mistress of the castle and caregiver to her sisters upon their mother's death, she also acts in her father's stead while he is serving the king abroad. Dedicated and resolute, failure is never an option for her. So, when a reiver forces his way into the castle, Marin won't surrender easily and takes it upon herself to kill the usurper. Except plans go awry when passions are awoken and matters get complicated.
A MAN WHO MUST SUCCEED NO MATTER THE COST...
Bran Davidson's sister is going to be hanged, unless he agrees to take Werrick Castle. Ever a pawn in a rich man's game, Bran has no choice but to force his way into Werrick on behalf of the Scottish Middle March Warden. He quickly discovers getting into the castle is the easy part. Dealing with its mistress, however, will take every ounce of cunning and determination he can muster, especially when she turns his blood to fire.
A PROMISE THAT CHANGES IT ALL...
In a game where desperation and love dictate the lives of many, a simple promise can change the tide of favor and open the door to pleasure and danger alike.
Julia Sinclair is the new Duchess of Stedton after a whirlwind courtship that imbued her with hope for her own happily ever after. However, she hasn’t seen her husband since he left immediately following their somewhat awkward wedding night. When they’re both invited to a house party on the outskirts of London she intends to tell her husband she’d rather live separate lives than be unhappy, despite having once thought herself in love.
A MAN DETERMINED TO WOO BACK HIS WIFE…
William Sinclair, the Duke of Stedton, had urgent affairs to see to on his country estate that have called him from his beautiful new wife. A timely invite to a house party presents the perfect opportunity to become reacquainted. When his plans for wooing her are interrupted by her disillusionment, he proposes a wager of sorts, something to reignite the flame of their passion.
A MARRIAGE THAT BURNS WITH PASSION…
When a blizzard strikes and they’re forced to remain at a house party longer than expected, will the sizzling stakes be enough to melt the frost between them, or will it truly remain the coldest winter in London?
Previously published in the Dukes by the Dozen anthology
HE WANTS TO LOVE HER...
Ewan Sutherland, Chieftain of the Sutherland clan, needs an heir, especially with his uncle intent on claiming the chieftainship. After an unsuccessful first marriage, Ewan is determined to avoid making the same mistakes--a feat made all the more difficult by the threats pushing him into marriage with his new bride. But the woman he married is not the same as the girl he once knew, and his new wife stirs an unexpected blaze of passion within him.
YET SHE HAS CLOSED HER HEART...
Faye Fletcher had no plans to marry, as she knows love brings the deepest hurt. But when her grandfather drags her to the Highlands, she's forced to wed in order to save her sisters. Ewan is brave and handsome and ignites a desire inside her that burns brighter than anything she's ever imagined possible. Despite the fire of attraction between them, she's determined to keep her wounded heart locked away.
CAN THEIR LOVE TRULY CONQUER ALL?
When family betrayals and enemy conspiracies threaten to ruin any chance they have of a blissful life together, will Faye let the pain of her past keep her sealed off, or will Ewan's patience and love guide them to happily ever after?
A WOMAN WITH ONLY HER BEAUTY TO OFFER...
Anice Barrington has always been known as the prettiest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters. Years of trying to prove she's more than beauty has failed, not only with others, but also with herself. When their mortal enemy is laying siege to Werrick Castle, Anice does the only thing in her power to keep her family safe: she offers herself as bride to her enemy. She swears she will not lose her heart to him, but soon discovers that may be impossible when he stokes her curiosities toward intimacy and lights a burning desire within her.
A MAN WITH A DANGEROUS PAST...
James Graham has grown weary of a life of destruction and longs for peace. However, deciding to change does not mean there are opportunities to do so, at least until the lovely Lady Anice offers herself in marriage, bringing with her wealth and land that will ensure a new beginning for his people. James knows she is far too beautiful for the likes of him and that comely appearances can hide the ugliest of hearts, but he cannot seem to stop himself from wanting, and awakening the passion that flares between them.
A BARGAIN THAT CHANGES IT ALL…
When love takes root, betrayal runs that much deeper. Will old hurts and new betrayals crush all their hopes and dreams, or will love truly conquer all?
HIS HONOR IS WITHOUT QUESTION…
Drake Fletcher has spent his entire life keeping his family safe, but has always clung to the desire to become a knight, like his father. Despite prejudices working against him and a country at war, his dreams may finally be within his grasp. But his journey to knighthood is interrupted by a woman with flashing green eyes and a sharp wit, one who has found a way to waver the most stoic of men.
HER HONOR IS IN QUESTION…
Greer MacPherson’s brother has been arrested and though she suspects foul play, no one will bother to listen. Not when she is a woman of such little consequence. In order to save him, she must resort to the skills she’s had to rely on most of their lives: scheming and a sleight of hand. But when a heroic warrior rescues her, she finds she’s not only drawn to his ability to keep her safe on the road, the man of such lofty morals also makes her thoughts turn wicked.
CAN LOVE BE THEIR COMMON GROUND?
Where one sees honor, the other sees deceit. Even as passion ignites between them, so too does betrayal. But amid a maelstrom of danger and lies, can love sway the scales of justice?
Noah Haskett, the Marquis of Hesterton, is a recluse due to the rumors surrounding his late brother's death. Staying away from the ton has been a reprieve from the debutantes who want him only for his title and wealth. After all, what woman would desire a beast of a man with a twisted leg? Never once has the idea of marriage, much less love, crossed his mind...until the day he saves a mysterious, dark-haired beauty.
AN HEIRESS BURDENED WITH A GIFT
Miss Helen Craig has spent a lifetime hiding her ability to see the future, avoiding any opportunities for marriage because she fears passing on her "gift" to a child. But what she does not anticipate is the very heroic, very handsome marquis--and her vision of his impending death.
A DESIRE NEITHER CAN DENY
Attempting to save the marquis from murder brings danger to Helen's door, as well as undeniable passion. But is the scorching heat between them enough to make them trust one another? Will the two find love, or will death catch them in its grasp first?
Book 2: A Midsummer Knights Romance series. Prequel to the Borderland Rebels series
She wants to save her honor
Lady Isolde Maxwell‘s brother is more inclined to marry her off rather than defend her honor, leaving her to take matters into her own gauntlets. After stealing his armor, she heads to the Rose Citadel tournament to fight for her freedom from a man she never agreed to wed. Yet, even as Isolde is trying to escape one man, another has set his sights on her, one who is determined to catch her attention and one she cannot help but crave.
He wants to save his people
When yet another failed harvest threatens the welfare of his clan, Cormac Sutherland, Chieftain of the Sutherland clan needs a solution to save his people. When his twin brother proposes they attend a tournament in England and steal the betrothed noblewomen from men of their rival clan, Cormac is skeptical, especially given his lacking skills at wooing. However, once he gets to know Lady Isolde, he finds she not only earns his respect, but also stokes his passion.
Can their love do both?
When intrigue and betrayal come into play and a challenge threatens one’s greatest love, can Cormac and Isolde survive the tournament with their hearts and lives intact?
Summer, 1193. England is in turmoil, and a great tournament is scheduled near the border of Scotland and England. The greatest knights and lords from England, Scotland, Ireland, and France have gathered to compete for a great prize. There will be celebrations and jousts and feasting. It will be an exhibition of chivalry and warrior skills, a breeding ground for treason…and for love.
Check out other books in the series!
Forbidden Warrior by Kris Kennedy
The Highlander's Lady Knight by Madeline Martin
The Highlander's Dare by Eliza Knight
The Highland Knight's Revenge by Lori Ann Bailey
My Victorious Knight by Laurel O'Donnell
An Outlaw's Honor by Terri Brisbin
Never If Not Now by Madeline Hunter
SHE IS DESTINED TO LOVE HIM…
Lady Leila Barrington is the youngest daughter of the Earl of Werrick. While she has always known she is loved, she still carries the guilt of her birth and feels set apart from her sisters—not only in appearance, but also by the visions that haunt her. In a world where fear and superstition rule, her gifts may cost her everything, including her life. But when she has a premonition of the great pestilence, she knows she will not be able to turn her back on the sick and dying. Not even after she sees her own death at the hands of the man she is fated to love.
HE IS DESTINED TO KILL HER…
After his father was cursed by a witch and died, Niall Douglas devoted himself to living an honorable life, one of such ferocity and determination that he became known as the Lion. As Deputy to the Keeper of Liddesdale in the debatable lands, he swore to protect the people. When rumors circulate that a witch is responsible for causing the great illness, nothing will stop Niall from bringing her to justice. However, once he has arrested Lady Leila, he finds her to be an incredible beauty with admirable strength and spirit—a woman who consumes his thoughts and turns his blood to fire.
WHICH DESTINY WILL THEY CLAIM?
With desolation and death surrounding them, will terror and fallacy tear them apart, or will their passion overcome prejudice and prove that love is enough to save them all?
WHEN A BROKEN HEART…
After losing his entire family at the hands of an English baron, Reid MacLeod has spent every day since seeking to avenge those he loved. When the Scottish king returns to reclaim the land lost to England, Reid becomes one of his most trusted warriors. While on his way to warn a village of an impending attack, he encounters a woman he’s seen only once before, an incredible beauty he’s not been able to forget.
MEETS A GIVING HEART…
In an effort to minimize strife in her family, Clara Fletcher decides to become a nun. But while traveling to the convent, an attack in the woods leads to her accidentally wounding a Scottish warrior. Once she tends to him and learns of his purpose, she knows she cannot allow him to travel alone with his injuries. Nor can she stop the burning desire to sate her passion for the mysterious man who affects her as no other ever has.
WILL LOVE HEAL ALL?
But in a land of hate and war, will the selfless be taken advantage of? Will vengeance cloud judgement? Or will the fledgling flame of hope be enough to break down walls and reveal the greatest love of all time?